Ask a Question forum: Train Wisteria on top of pergola

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Midwest US
Jun 11, 2017 7:45 PM CST
I have a pergola off the back of my house over a deck, it's approximately 8 ft x 12 ft. I have two columns opposite the house that each have a wisteria plant growing up them. They have both now reached the top of the pergola, and I need to know what pattern I should train the wisteria to grown now on top.

Do I train the vine to grow along the top of the pergola towards the house on top of each piece of wood (so parallel to boards), or across the boards perpendicular, or have them make an X or ? How do I best grow it to fill in the entire pergola. Thanks!

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Jun 12, 2017 6:34 PM CST
No one seems to have an answer for you yet. I would just warn you that Wisteria is a very strong vine that sort of shrinks as it grows. You will need to control it closely or it might pull the lovely pagoda down.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 12, 2017 7:54 PM CST
My problem is that wisteria are incredibly heavy. I'm afraid your pergola will be a goner in a couple years.

The only advice I can give is train them along the top of the beams. But your beams all head towards the house. A wisteria will take a house apart, given a chance.
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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Jun 13, 2017 6:34 AM CST
This wisteria is only a year old. I want it to grow on the top of my pergola. It is almost ready to snake over the top this year. However, I'm not too worried about it decimating my pergola as mine is built with 6 inch pole barn poles and 2x10's and 2x12's.

I guess if it gets a bit wild, I CAN get up on the top and cut it back.

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